Activist Training

SIPTU College offers a broad range of courses to the membership, activists and staff of SIPTU and in some cases to the members of other trade unions affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

Courses for activists/shop stewards are offered at 3 levels; Introductory, Basic and Advanced.  Advanced courses often attract a QQI Level 5 award. See below for more details.




Educational Programmes

In addition to training activists, SIPTU College also offers educational programmes, starting with Basic English (QQI Levels 3 and 4); Jump Start  (suitable for those starting a Level 5 course); Skills for Work courses in partnership with the ETB; Return-to-Learn (suitable for those starting a Level 6 course) and the ICTU/SIPTU Trade Union Studies Certificate programme which leads to a QQI Level 6 award.

See below for more information on each of these courses.

“Basic English”

“Jump Start”

“Skills for Work” in association with the ETB


“ICTU/SIPTU Trade Union Studies”

Politics and Activism

In addition to education and training, from time to time SIPTU College also offers more political training aimed at senior activists and staff.  There is one such programe currently being offered called Educate to Organise – 

“Educate to Organise”

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